Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Strange Reserve Fixture Change

Strange Reserve Fixture Change

Villa's potential Reserve Premier South title confirming match against Fulham has been moved. Blimey that's a mouthful.

Right, as those who follow the second string will know, we are going for consecutive reserve league titles again this season and well to be blunt, they've been doing jolly well.

We sit in first place again after 13 matches, 2 points clear of nearest challengers Arsenal and even have two games in hand over them. This means for the mathematically minded of you who also happen to know that there are only 16 games in a reserve season that if we secure 3 points against Fulham our lads will have secured the title yet again.

The upcoming matches against Stoke and Pompey will be party timers and not count for a jot - although given we haven't lost a game all season I doubt they'd be willing to break that record even if the title was secured.

So with that in mind, it's a little strange to see the club announcing today that the match against Fulham which was due to take place at 7pm on Monday, has now been moved to a 3pm kick off BUT will be behind closed doors at Bodymoor Heath.

Effectively the loyal reserve following fans are going to miss the opportunity of seeing the lads possibly secure the title in the match.

There is no reason given, no rhyme allowed by the club statement. It's as to the point as you can get.

Yes we've got Everton on Wednesday but that's been known for a while and there's no real reason why the Villa Park pitch couldn't hold the reserve clash anyway unless I'm missing something.

I think it's probably likely given the late announcement that the club wanted to protect VP as the season draws to a close and that all attempts to find another venue, whether it be Bescot, whether it be Hinkley, failed.

But it would've been nice to be told.

Bookmark and ShareUpdate:

The club have confirmed they did try to rearrange the reserve fixture for a later date but unfortunately it couldn't be done in a way that suited both clubs. Obviously Villa are also progressing in the FA Youth Cup and Fulham have their own Europa campaign to focus on which made things even more difficult.

The club did also look at Hinkley but on available dates for the clubs, the stadium was sadly unavailable.

As a response to fans unfortunately missing out, the club have arranged for the match to be broadcast on the Official Site so as many fans as possible can still experience the game.

Full details will follow about the coverage in the next few days.

By no means a perfect ending, but pleasing to see the club respond and provide an explanation of how this came to pass, along with their efforts in trying to avoid it.

As said it was a strange fixture change, sadly out of the clubs control.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Thursday April 8 2010
Time: 4:22PM


When I work it out I'll let me know first.
08/04/2010 16:51:00
I cannot for the life of me comprehend this rather bizarre decision, particularly at such a late stage in the day? Why? What thinking has gone into this strange, to say the very least, development. Some of us like to attend the reserve team games whenever and wherever possible, and dare I suggest that this particular fixture would be of more widespread interest to even more Villans, paricularly when one considers what is at stake should our lads pick up the victory. I hear the club's official response, and sadly, while I dont accept their reasoning, there is absolutely nothing I can do about it, so let them get on with it I suppose. Suffice to say, this reserve team fairly regular, is not a particularly happy puppy.
08/04/2010 18:49:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Steve Bruce Says Villa Is The Biggest Club He's Managed

Steve Bruce says Villa is the biggest club he's managed and this is his biggest challenge in 20 years of management.

Steve Bruce On How Big THIS Game Really Is...

Steve Bruce sure does understand the local derbies and the bragging rights they are fighting for this weekend...

Vital Villa Man Of The Match Updates...

Bumper round up of our man of the match votes for the last few games...

Bruce In Team Of The Week (25/10/16)

Aston Villa are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Mike Field
Editor email
Steve Wade
no email
no email
Turkish Penguin
no email
no email
Chris Heath
no email
M Calucar
no email
JuanPablo Angel
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Will Villa get promoted?
Suggested By: J P Fear
Yes, automatically37%
Yes, through play offs21%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 14 10 1 3 31 19
2 Brighton 14 8 4 2 28 9
3 Huddersfield 14 9 1 4 28 4
4 Norwich 14 8 3 3 27 7
5 Sheff Wed 14 7 3 4 24 1
6 Bristol City 14 7 2 5 23 6
7 Birmingham 14 6 5 3 23 3
8 Reading 14 6 4 4 22 -3
9 Preston 14 6 2 6 20 1
10 Leeds Utd 14 6 2 6 20 -1
11 Brentford 14 5 4 5 19 5
12 Barnsley 14 6 1 7 19 3
13 Q.P.R. 14 5 4 5 19 -3
14 Fulham 14 4 6 4 18 -2
15 Burton 14 4 5 5 17 0
16 Aston Villa 14 3 8 3 17 0
17 Ipswich 14 4 5 5 17 -2
18 Wolves 14 4 4 6 16 -1
19 Forest 14 4 3 7 15 -3
20 Cardiff 14 4 3 7 15 -9
21 Derby County 14 3 5 6 14 -4
22 Blackburn 14 3 3 8 12 -8
23 Wigan 14 2 5 7 11 -3
24 Rotherham 14 1 3 10 6 -19
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Hamilton was in fear of engine issues
Latest Vital Boxing News
Eggington Stops Gavin in Eight Rounds
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Oct 30 2016 12:00PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 18 2016 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 3 2016 5:30PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

1.The Fear525
9.Stephen Jay Hawkings140
The Vital Football Members League